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NotQuiteJuneCleaver’s Spring Fling Giveaway and SO much more!


Happy Spring!  I promised you a giveaway and here it is!  I will be giving away three lovely prizes! The first prize will be this vintage patchwork apron I grabbed up on one of mine and Rachel’s antiquing excursions.


I love this apron! A lot.  So please know how much I want some who will love it as much to have it! And with the apron you will get this vintage cookbooklet from 1950! It is FULL of great recipes and some amazing ads! You will love it.

Second Prize will be a bag of  my personal blend coffee (beans or ground) and this ADORABLE coffee mug!Q5EVU

And last but not least, a pound of granola (if you have a special request such as no nuts, I will happily oblige) and  a tin of loose chocolate chai tea!

So there you have it!  THREE prizes and now THREE ways to enter!

  1. Leave me a comment on this post. Tell me about Spring’s arrival at your house.
  2. Steal the button below, talk about this giveaway on your blog/facebook,  if you have one and tell me so I can take a peek.
  3. If someone leaves me a comment and says they surfed over here from your blog or facebook page, I will add your name AGAIN.

I will be posting more pictures soon.  Jumping back in with a great giveaway like this feels GOOD!  And will be a great way to introduce you to my new shoppe.

Thanks to all of you have been so faithful and keep stopping by even when I have been MIA.  Talk to you all VERY soon!

Oh okay…I will give you a recipe to round out this post.  This is for those who will, like me, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next Wednesday.

Bailey’s Fudge Cake

1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup chocolate syrup
2/3 cup Baileys Irish Cream
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
pecan halves

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels melted
1/4 cup sour cream room temp.
1 tablespoon Baileys

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9″ round cake pan. Cream butter and sugar, blend in eggs. Add chocolate syrup, Baileys, coffee crystals and flour, mixing until well blended. Fold in chopped pecans. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 55-60 minutes., until center is firm and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan onto wire rack to cool. Dip one end of pecan halves halfway into melted chocolate to coat, place on waxed paper and chill.

To remaining melted chocolate add sour cream and Baileys. Spread over top of cooled cake that has been placed on a serving platter, letting some chocolate drizzle down side of cake. Decorate with dipped pecans. Cool to set topping.




Please feel free to use my idea and do something similar in your area! And if  you are looking for a charity be sure and read more about Doctors Without Borders.  It is worth your time to go to their website and see the work they are doing not just in Haiti but all over the world. (

Rachel and I have been trying to think of a way to help the people of Haiti even if it is in a small way. We looked at many charities and decided what these people needed most urgently was medical attention.

Then it came to us! DOUGH for HAITI! Dough as in money and Dough as in cookies. Cookies are what we do and do well. Is nice to write a check but if you have to work a little, it seems to make it more real. I hope we never know first hand the sorrow and pain the people of Haiti are feeling right now. They started with so little and have nothing now.  But if the few dollars we can raise, along with our own personal contributions, can buy a few meals or medical supplies then that’s a few meals and medical supplies they didn’t have, but needed.

You can help us by purchasing our Ready-To-Bake Cookie Dough. Proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders. We will donate the ingredients. You will receive a frozen resealable bag of 24 frozen pieces of  Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough  or Oatmeal Cookie Dough ready to place on a baking sheet and pop in the oven. How convenient is that? All the instructions you need will come with your dough.

Here’s what you do: Send me a private email or call me and place your order. We will take orders from now until February 1st. The cookie dough will be ready for pickup after noon Friday February 12. If you want your dough delivered to your place of work within the town of Many, and you have a freezer available to keep your dough frozen, then we will make arrangements to get your dough to you after February 12. I know a lot of friends of my friends (and family) live in the outlying areas and if there is enough interest we will arrange a drop for Natchitoches and as far as Shreveport. Maybe someone will have freezer room and will volunteer to be the pick up point. And last but not least the cost.

Bag of 24 pieces of frozen Cookie DOUGH ~  $7

Why $7 – I don’t know, I like the number – and it is a fair amount.

Of course if you want to give more, that is great.

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First GiveAway of 2010! And find out how to get your recipe published in my next cookbook!

WOW it is somekinda chilly here this morning.  Its a little after 6 a.m. and the mercury says its 22F and it “feels like” 14F.  What does that mean?  Is it 22 or is it 14?  Even the little birdies are trying to stay warm!

n1558315783_140922_5164I will have to check their feeders today.  And put out some warmer water for them.  I am sure there is not a drop of water outside that isn’t frozen.

I hope you can all manage to stay warm today – being inside will likely be your best bet!  While you are in sipping your hot beverage, why not leave me a comment and consider yourself entered in the first GiveAway of 2010!  Yep!  You heard me!  Tell me about your very favorite winter beverage and leave me the recipe if you like.  What’s the prize you ask?  Oh, there is more than one prize!! You can win one of these:


Cool huh?  I have just a couple of copies left of each and I want two of you to have them! I will draw for them next Friday! Feel free to share this on your own blog if you like!

Now, about the other brainstorm I had! How about a Friends of NotQuiteJuneCleaver cookbook! Sound like fun??? Yeah, I thought so too! I will give you more details as I get them finalized.  The title of the book is “Friends of NotQuiteJuneCleaver Cook!” You know you want to join me in this project!  Here are the things I do know for sure:

  • I need you and your help/input/recipes if this is going to happen!
  • each recipe will bear the name of the person submitting it
  • photos of the recipe are welcome – color please! (used at my discretion)
  • photos of you are welcome as well :) how about in your favorite apron?
  • recipes need to be tried and true and double/triple checked for accuracy please
  • you may submit more than one recipe if they are in different categories (example: a cookie, a casserole, a side)
  • contributors will be able to buy as many copies as you wish at cost plus shipping – naturally the more pages, the more it will cost but I will keep it below $20US before shipping (this isn’t a commercial project for me) I will be donating my time putting it together
  • since I have set a $$ limit this means a page limit so as soon as you have all the info, get your recipes/photos/info in!
  • recipes from places other than the US are MORE THAN welcome, but please give US measurements along with your usual measurements.

Does this sound like fun or what!? I will be posting all the particulars on how to submit your recipes, photos, deadlines  etc by next Friday in a separate post from the giveaway post. I would love to have this project ready for your consumption by Mother’s Day 2010.  Can we do this?  Let’s do our best!  I will be working on two other cookbooks along with this one, so your contributions are essential.  If you don’t participate, it won’t happen!

Let’s start 2010 off with some fun!

And why don’t you join us over at the NotQuiteJuneCleaver Forums!